The metropolis of Shanghai has had one of the fastest economic growth spurts the world has ever seen! Due to it’s rapid development over the last two decades, it has become a leading global city.
The skyline is filled with skyscrapers. There are apparently 3,000 now, more than New York, and it is reported that another 2,000 are to be built soon. Shanghai has 21 million residents, making it the largest city, by population, in China.
The flight from Xi’an to Shanghai was 2 hours. Unfortunately, there are two airports in Shanghai. We landed at Pudong Airport, and the commute (by subway) from the airport to our guest house, took 1 hour and 45 minutes! Hongqiao Airport (in the west) would have been a far more convenient.
Except for during rush hour, the subway system was the fastest and easiest way for us to get around Shanghai. There was however, a station where we had to get off the train, and move across the platform. We didn’t know this, and we were busy calling our guest house, so we missed the announcement. A few minutes later, we realized that we were heading back to the airport, instead of towards our destination. Lesson learnt! 🙂
The buildings near our subway stop were mostly residential blocks.
On our first evening, we searched our surrounding area for some Sichuan cuisine. We really enjoy this style of Chinese cooking.
Sichuan cuisine is a style of Chinese cuisine originating in the Sichuan Province of southwestern China, famed for bold flavors. There is a lot of use of garlic and chili peppers, as well as the unique Sichuan peppercorn. Peanuts, sesame paste, and ginger are also commonly found in Sichuan style dishes.
We enjoyed some thai green curry, beef with chili (above), spring rolls, and egg fried rice.
Shanghai is safe, and very beautiful, at night.
Shanghai city lights.
Nanjing Pedestrian Road is the main shopping street of Shanghai.
It is around 6km long (the longest shopping district in the world), and attracts over 1 million visitors daily.
Nanjing Road at night.
A sight-seeing shuttle for Nanjing Road.
Mini aquarium on the outside wall of a department store – Fancy!
Very crowded, but plenty of shopping available!
On Nanjing Pedestrian Road, at night.
Silliness on the subway.
We took a sightseeing bus around the city. It was 30 yuan for a 24 hour card. We were able to get on and off the bus as many times we wanted. Due to the vacation period, the buses were PACKED!!
I ♥ SH
Old Street – trying out some local foods.
Crabs and crawfish.
We really love these flat breads!
3 yuan for our snack!
I can’t tell why these metal rods are sticking out of a completed building.
Exciting street foods. Hhhmm… meat kebabs.
A great spot in Shanghai – The Bund (more on the Bund in a later blog).
This was what our mornings looked like…
“What should we see today?”